The DNR will conduct public meetings for proposed gypsy moth treatments in or part of Adams, Allen, Grant, Lake, La Porte, Marshall, Miami, Porter, Starke St. Joseph, and Wabash, counties from Jan. 25-Feb. 10, to discuss the presence of the invasive gypsy moth insect, problems associated with infestations, and methods for dealing with the insect.
Meeting locations and times follow. All times are EST, except where indicated.
Adams County - site name - Wren
Feb. 2 @ 6 p.m.
Adams County Public Library
128 S. 3rd Street,
Allen County - site names - Bremer Road 11, Kroemer Road 11, Hadley Road 11, and Lindenwood 11
Jan. 31 @ 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
University of St. Francis, North Campus
Former Abundant Life Tabernacle
2702 Spring St.
Fort Wayne, IN
Grant County - site name - Upland
Jan. 25 @ 6:30 p.m.
Ivy Tech Conference Center
261 S. Commerce Drive,
Feb. 9 @ 6 p.m. CST - site name - Springrose Heath
Lake County Extension Office
880 E 99th Court,
Crown Point, IN
Feb. 10 @ 6 p.m. CST - site name - Highland
Lake County Public Library
2841 Jewett Avenue,
La Porte/Starke counties - site name - Bigler Road
Feb. 2 @ 6:30 p.m. CST
LaCrosse Public Library
14 E Main Street,
Marshall/Starke/St. Joseph counties -
Jan. 26 @ 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. - site names - Plymouth, Koontz Lake, and Tamarack Road
Plymouth Public Library
201 N. Center Street,
Jan. 27 @ 6 p.m. - site names - Walkerton, Koontz Lake, and Tamarack Road
Walkerton Community Building
813 Ohio Street,
Miami/Wabash counties - site names - Mississinewa North, Mississinewa South
Feb. 3 @ 6 p.m.
Miami State Recreation Area
4673 S 625 E,
Porter County - site names - 350 East, 350 East Btk Core
Feb. 1 @ 6 p.m. CST
Porter County Library
103 Jefferson Street,
While open to anyone, the meetings will be geared toward residents of the sites listed above that have been identified as having infestations. Maps are available at gypsymoth.IN.gov.
At the meetings, personnel from the Entomology & Plant Pathology and Forestry divisions of the DNR will propose options for treatment. The representatives also will welcome questions and comments.
Written comments may be submitted to Department of Natural Resources, Attn: Gypsy Moth, Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204, or e-mailed to: DEPP@dnr.IN.gov. The comment period runs through Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. EST.
Options for dealing with gypsy moth that will be discussed in detail at the meetings include:
- Taking no action,
- Using mass trapping, which involves setting a large number of traps in a concentrated area to capture male gypsy moths before they have a chance to locate and mate with females, or
- Using biological control, which involves the aerial application of the naturally occurring bacteria Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki), which eliminates gypsy moth larvae, or
- Using mating disruption, which involves the aerial application of the gypsy moth mating pheromone (or scent) that confuses male gypsy moths and prevents mating, or
- Using integrated pest management, which involves the combined use of the above options.
Those unable to attend one of the public meetings will find and may view the meeting's PowerPoint presentation, a copy of the meeting content text sheet, a series of question-and-answer documents, as well as maps of the exact sites of concern and further information about the gypsy moth at gypsymoth.IN.gov.
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